Mindanao infra in campaign agenda

Noting that Mindanao still needs physical development to increase productivity, the top official of the government’s economic arm in Mindanao said additional infrastructure for the
island should be high on the campaign agenda of candidates in the May 2007
elections.

“So much more is needed to interconnect Mindanao to increase productivity, ” Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana, Mindanao Economic Development Council
chair, said in an interview with business reporters.

Leyretana, who stressed he was airing a personal view, cited the need to build roads, bridges, ports and harbors around Mindanao.

He said the infrastructure in Mindanao still lags behind that of Luzon and
the Visayas.

Mindanao is supposed to get 30 percent of the budget for infrastructure, but
it is only getting 19 percent, he explained.

Leyretena described Mindanao as the future of the country because of its
strategic location, rich natural resources, increasing population and a
multi-ethnic demography.

“If we need to identify Mindanao as the agribusiness center, then the
requirements are physical infrastructure or more to spur development between
the rural and urban centers,” he said.

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